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SubjectRe: Turning off automatic screen clanking
On Tue, Jul 29, 2003 at 08:17:15PM -0400, Zwane Mwaikambo wrote:
> On Tue, 29 Jul 2003, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
>
> > If the machine had blanking disabled by default, then the
> > usual SYS-V startup scripts could execute setterm to enable
> > it IFF it was wanted.
>
> optimise for the common case, just fix your box and be done with it.

To borrow from the medical community: "First, do no harm."

There is harm in having blanking enabled during the boot
sequence as well as later. There is very little harm in no
screen blanking at all. There is no harm in deferring the
entablement of screen blanking until some time in the RC
scripts where it can be prevented by those who know better.

There is no need for auto-blanking to be a boot parameter if
it defaults to off. Boot parameters are the least optimal
treatment of this issue.

The common case of which you speak is the least optimised
environment you're likely to find.


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